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#1. Whether art is defined as a representation of or response to reality, it demands an intense engagement with things we haven't managed to understand fully. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#2. The best liars lie with their eyes rather than with their words. This might put writers at a disadvantage. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#3. With prurient absorption and only minimal risk, we can pretend to be the subject of the lead article on the front page of the Style section of our local newspaper for as long as it takes to finish our morning coffee. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#4. The past is full of examples of renegade writers who were overlooked in their time not only because their work didn't fit neatly into potted categories but also because they avoided the self-promotional efforts of their peers. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#5. But I think it's useful to note that at any particular point in our lives our minds are full not just of our own memories but of the experiences of characters from the books we've been reading. That's if we are lucky to have the education and leisure to read at all. And the curiosity - Author: Joanna Scott
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#6. The novelist in me is probably hiding behind all the stories I write, looking for ways to connect them and continue the conversation with readers. Maybe I'm writing one long narrative, and each book, however different from the last, is just a chapter. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#7. When we really start searching for the truth in stories, we can find it everywhere, not just in sincere confessions but in the deliberate lies and imagined possibilities, the magic and fantasy, and all the other unreal elements that go into the concoction of identity. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#8. Telling ourselves that fiction is in a sense true and at the same time not true is essential to the art of fiction. It's been at the heart of fiction from the start. Fiction offers both truth, and we know it's a flat-out lie. Sometimes it drives a novelist mad. Sometimes it energizes us. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#9. I don't think Donald Barthelme would have minded being called a confusing writer. Confusion was a favorite subject for him in his essays and reviews, and it's enacted in his fiction in a mishmash of dizzying incongruities. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#10. Jim Longenbach, poet, critic, and my husband, is always passing along life-changing books for me to read. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#11. In the ongoing celebration that is literature, we are asked to imagine ourselves as other selves, for better or worse. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#12. There's a point I set for myself, and it's an arbitrary point, when I think no matter happens, I'm going to finish that book. And that's when I get to page 100. I have to see it out. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#13. My first two books, I was very close to my main character, stuck inside their head. And then with 'Arrogance,' I broke into many different voices. I introduce many different characters, and that helped me to develop a confidence to move between different characters, between different voices. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#14. There are plenty of writers, past and present, from Shakespeare to Henry James to Lydia Davis, who test the limits of coherence and put pressure on current notions of accessible (and acceptable) narrative methods. To thrive and change and grow, any art needs this kind of pressure. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#15. 'Out of Africa,' Dinesen's second book, is a love story, though not the one portrayed by Streep and Redford in the film. The memoir is about Dinesen's love of East Africa - the cultures, the landscapes, the animals. The feeling that saturates the book is reverence. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#16. Masks are wonderfully paradoxical in this way: while they may hide the physical reality, they can show us how a person wants to be seen. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#17. While it can be pleasurable to move speedily through a work of fiction, there's a different sort of pleasure to be had in lingering, backtracking, rereading the same page. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#18. I'm really such a bumbler! Writing fiction is like arranging furniture in a dark room. I can't see what I'm doing. I grope for the right words. I bump against the wrong words and stumble and stub my toe and curse and keep trying to guess what belongs in the space. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#19. In the early 1980s, I spent a year working as an assistant at the Elaine Markson Literary Agency. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#20. How wonderful it would be to scatter words as they rise to consciousness, to let them lie where they fall. - Author: Joanna Scott
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#21. As children know, there's lots of fun in nonsense. We never stop benefiting from staying flexible, open and responsive, even in the midst of confusion. - Author: Joanna Scott
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